The two leading conditions associated with kidney disease are high blood pressure (hypertension) and poorly controlled blood sugar levels (diabetes). We’ve provided some general guidelines below, but it’s important to consult with your nephrologist and renal dietitian for any extra diet restrictions based on your personal health profile and nutrition plan.
Stick to a low-salt diet.
Avoid adding extra salt to your food, and when dining out, ask your server if the dish can be prepared without salt.
Check with your doctor before having that cocktail.
Remember that some prescription or over-the-counter medications can interact with alcohol, and many alcoholic beverages are high in sugar.
Opt for water in place of energy and sports drinks.
Most contain additives that should be limited or avoided with kidney disease. Sports drinks (like Gatorade or Powerade) contain extra sodium, potassium, and sugars. Energy drinks (like Red Bull and Monster) usually contain caffeine that can cause a significant increase in blood pressure. Kidney patients have different dietary requirements, and it is best to avoid drinks with added vitamins, minerals, and herbals without first talking with your Cricket Health dietitian.
Keep an eye on your weight.
Work on healthy weight loss for better blood sugar and blood pressure control. Be mindful of portion sizes when eating take-out – sharing is a great option or keep half of your meal for the following day to save the extra calories and reduce your sodium intake.
Get your exercise on.
Whether you join a gym or schedule brisk walks into your day, fitness activities can help lower your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.
Feel free to reach out to your Cricket Health dietitian for additional ideas on how to keep your kidneys healthier longer.